November 2, 2016

Best of Dana Point: Top spots for an amazing breakfast.

We are back with our Best Breakfasts in Orange County, and today, we are bringing a list of the best Dana Point breakfasts! Nothing starts a vacation day off right quite like a delicious breakfast. Whether you are in town for a Dana Point Vacation or looking for a quick bite near California activities and California points of interest, a leisurely breakfast should be on your list of the best things to do in Southern California during your California vacation.

We are continuing our list of the best spots to fill your morning appetite with these top picks for best breakfast in Dana Point!

Best Coffee Shop

JC Beans Coffee Shop
34114 Pacific Coast Hwy
Dana Point, CA 92629

JC Beans Coffee Shop is our winner in this category. JC Beans curates their own coffee beans, prides themselves in their non-corporate environment, and serves a variety of food as well! Try out their $4 breakfast burritos or famous blended drinks. Along with their food and drinks, JC Beans also has great atmosphere, adorned with eclectic tables, chairs, and artwork. Their bookshelves are strewn with literature that you can even purchase secondhand for a $2 donation. This unique book and coffee lover’s oasis takes the cake for one of the best things to do in Dana Point, especially for a cozy morning!

JC Beans is also perfectly located just a third of a mile from Hilltop Park and near the Dana Point Harbor, so you can easily grab a cup of coffee before a visit to the Harbor. It's also just half a mile from our Harbor Point vacation rental , so if you're staying with us at Harbor Point, be sure to visit JC Beans!

Best Bagels

I Love Bagels
32545 Golden Lantern St
Dana Point, CA 92629

I Love Bagels is another small business favorite. Known for their unique bagels, like the green St. Patrick’s Day bagel, and their always-fresh taste, I Love Bagels is a great place to stop by in the morning while on a family vacation in California, or for a quick snack while exploring Southern California beach towns ! Try I Love Bagels’ cinnamon sugar bagel—rolled in actual cinnamon sugar, their blueberry bagel, or spinach Parmesan. Though this establishment is fairly new, customers seem to rave about the service and friendliness of the workers. I Love Bagels is a win for best bagels and thriving new small business for locals and visitors alike!

(P.S. I love Bagels is a five minute drive from our Beachville vacation rental in Laguna Niguel, so if you're staying with us at Beachville, be sure to visit I Love Bagels!)

Best Pancakes, and Best Brunch

Stacks Pancake House
34255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Ste 110
Dana Point, CA 92629

Located right off of PCH, Stacks Pancake House is the ultimate breakfast or brunch spot for a unique and delicious meal! Stacks is a melting pot of flavor, combining Hawaiian, Korean, Japanese, French, and American influences into one amazing menu. With inspired menu items like Kailua pork benedict, Nutella s’mores French toast, and classic choices like blueberry pancakes, Stacks is sure to provide an amazing breakfast to fill your stomach, no matter what you're craving! Along with their unique breakfast options for adults, their children’s menu includes meals that start at just $2.99, making Stacks an even more family friendly establishment! Stacks also tries out new menu items seasonally, so check out their seasonal menu for fun options at different times of year. Also be aware of the sparse parking when stopping by Stacks and be sure to plan for extra time to find a spot for your car.

Best Doughnuts

Dippity Donuts
33621 Del Obispo St
Ste C
Dana Point, CA 92629

With the small town feel of Dana Point, it is no surprise that the best doughnuts are from yet another small business! Dippity Donuts crafts perfectly textured classic glazed doughnuts, as well as breakfast burritos and their famous avocado shakes! Dippity is perhaps most known for their family environment and the nostalgia of many locals, making it the perfect place for California vacation memories and a quick snack! They even provide lunch foods if doughnuts are not for the whole family. Dippity is cash only, so be sure to bring cash with you to Dippity, and arrive early for the freshest doughnuts.

Best Traditional Breakfast:

RJ's Cafe
25001 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Ste F120
Dana Point, CA 92629

First of all, if you plan to visit RJ's Cafe for breakfast, brunch, or lunch, you may want to make a reservation in advance. This local spot is so popular that an hour wait during peak times isn't uncommon. And there's a reason for that wait; if you're looking for a classic American bacon and eggs breakfast, eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, or omelette, then RJ's is the best place to get it. They also outdoor patio seating with great atmosphere for a fun, casual breakfast or lunch. Come try it out!

In the end, although Dana Point is a small town that is mostly known for its harbor, and sometimes overlooked amidst the rest of Orange County’s glamorous cities, it is a worthwhile stop for a variety of small local businesses that offer family friendly environments, affordable meals, and delicious breakfast foods! Whether you are looking for a quick snack or a full meal to start the day, Dana Point could be the place for you!

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